Come Enjoy the Walker County Butterfly Festival This October

Fall is the time of year when monarch butterflies pass through Texas on their way to Mexico. They’ll remain there for the winter until they return north in the spring. The Master Gardeners of Walker County welcome all of Huntsville, Texas and surrounding areas to join them in celebrating this annual event at the upcoming Walker County Butterfly Festival. Aside from educational looks at the beautiful monarch butterflies, visitors will also find tons of fun activities for the whole family. Best of all – it’s a free event!

Walker County Butterfly Festival

The festival will take place on October 22nd from 8 in the morning until 1 in the afternoon, so make sure you get up early to make the most of your day. The main event will be the monarchs themselves, which will be captured, tagged, and released so they can continue their long journey, but other activities on the schedule include educational speakers, crafts for the kids, and more.

Additionally, if you have a green thumb, the Walker County Butterfly Festival will be a great place for you to go. The Master Gardeners are experts on all things green and can give you advice on when and what to plant in your own garden. Plus, lots of plants will be going on sale at noon, so make sure you get your hands on a new, leafy friend before you leave.

Signs You Need New Brakes

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If you were on this road, you would want to have some peace-of-mind knowing that you could stop! By staying in-tune with your car, you can be sure your brakes work.

When it comes to safety systems, none is more vital than the braking system. Responsible for slowing down and stopping to prevent an accident, the braking system is one of the more complicated items to maintain. The brake pads don’t wear at a given rate, instead depending on where and how you drive. Fortunately there are a few signs they need attending to. Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we know all of the signs you need new brakes and will be happy to help in any way we can!

Signs You Need New Brakes:

  1. Sound – If you hear a squealing or high-pitched screeched when you hit the brakes, make a service appointment immediately. That sound is caused by metal scraping metal and indicates that the brake pads are nearly gone. For your safety and the safety of others, have your brake pads replaced sooner rather than later.
  2. View – In most vehicles, you can look through the wheel spokes to see the brake pad. The outer portion will be pushed up against the rotor. If the pad looks to have less than a quarter inch remaining, make a service appointment.
  3. Feel – If it takes a while to slow down, the brake pads are likely worn down and are becoming unresponsive. On the other hand, if the pedal sinks to the floor, it’s a sign that there’s a leak somewhere in the braking system. Either way, it’s important to have a technician inspect your brakes.

Things To Do in the Huntsville Cultural District

In 2009, the Texas Commission of the Arts began designating specific cultural districts throughout the state. One of the first of seven of these new arts districts was the Huntsville Cultural District. This downtown area in Huntsville, Texas, offers everything from historic, preserved architecture to live theater performances. Residents and visitors alike are invited to discover these historical gems.

Huntsville Cultural District

One of the draws to the cultural district is the historic buildings. (Texas Commission on the Arts)

What can I do there?

Aside from the historical buildings, there are also new buildings in the Huntsville Cultural District. Architect Dan Phillips created them all from recyclable materials, which adds to the appeal. Additionally, many of the downtown buildings have been given an extra artistic touch by Richard Haas. Haas painted several murals throughout the district.

The cultural district has artist studios and workshops for the creative types, but those who don’t want to exercise their creative skills still have options. You can also visit museums, theaters, art galleries, and any number of events and festivals in the area.

The Huntsville Cultural District has all sorts of attractions and memorialized buildings and houses for you to see. Whether you’re looking for a charming downtown center to sight-see and experience a taste of preserved history, support local artists, see a live show, or find some way to pass a day, it’s all right here. Furthermore, visitors can take guided tours for a little bit of everything. This area has about all you need for an exciting day. Which one of these are you most excited for? We want you to share anything we missed!

Cadillac’s New “Daring Pursuits” Advertisements Aim to Inspire Passionate Creativity

You’ve probably heard Cadillac’s slogan of “Dare Greatly” over the past couple years. The phrase perfectly embodies the automaker’s philosophy on life, driving, and creating vehicles. After all, what of value will you assign to a product without taking a great risk?

2017 Cadillac XT5 - Daring Pursuits

What does “Daring Pursuits” mean to me?

To show how that philosophy is seen in different walks of life, Cadillac is applying the “Dare Greatly” adage to a new marketing campaign called “Daring Pursuits.” Showcasing the experiences and efforts of “passionate creators,” Cadillac’s latest wave of digital ads will feature a visual artist, a furniture designer, and a balloon artist.

“ Daring Pursuits represents the unpredictable nature and process of creativity, which has been a central theme of the ‘Dare Greatly’ brand platform since it launched in 2015,” said Ray Warren, Cadillac’s global manager of social media and digital advertising. “This latest extension, ‘Daring Pursuits,’ appeals to audiences who are entrepreneurial and unwilling to settle.”

In the process of the “Daring Pursuits” advertisements, viewers will learn about the exciting new 2017 Cadillac XT5. Customers can buy this new model at Wiesner of Huntsville. This is in addition to our other new and used Cadillac, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC inventory. All new 2017 are to be available once they are release and ready to drive!

4 Fun Activities to Do in Sam Houston National Forest

There’s a lot to do in the greater Huntsville, Texas area. One of our favorite destinations is the incredible Sam Houston National Forest. Less than a half hour drive south of Wiesener of Huntsville, the sprawling 163,000 acres of protected trees is an excellent weekend destination. Following are some of the best activities to do in Sam Houston National Forest.

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Of course, what better way is there to see the natural beauty of the forest than to get out there and hike? You’ll find multiple scenic walks here, including the acclaimed 128-mile Lone Star Hiking Trail.


Both Lake Livingston and Lake Conroe are great for fishing enthusiasts. They are located within the park grounds and are known for their black bass population and year-round fishing opportunities.

Animal Watching

If you’re not interested in hunting, you can view and appreciate the many protected animals living in the habitat of Sam Houston Forest. You’ll never know what will cross your path!


The multi-use trail in the Sam Houston Forest is available for hiking and horseback riding, but that’s not all. It’s particularly popular as the only trail open to Off-Highway Vehicles in Texas’ multiple national forests.

OnStar Proactive Alerts Can Predict Vehicle Issues

Unfortunately, we become aware of many vehicle issues after it’s too late. Either they leave us stranded or we are caught unawares and forced to rush to get service. That’s when you find out who your real friends are, when you are on the phone saying, “Hi… I hate to bother you but… Can you pick me up at the repair shop?” All of the sudden, everyone you know and love is just too busy to help.

OnStar proactive alerts - 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Don’t worry, though—Chevrolet is there for you. The automaker has created a service that can actually make you aware of an issue before it becomes an issue. These alerts are available in 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox vehicles.

So, What Exactly Does It Do?

Chevrolet vehicles are full of high-tech sensors. As these sensors collect information, they constantly analyze the flow of data to look for anomalies. If certain changes in the fuel pump, starter motor and/or 12 volt battery are detected, then the new OnStar Proactive Alerts system will let you know.

At that point, you can make an appointment with a service specialist. They can then have the issue resolved before you experience any inconvenience. Wiesner of Huntsville is ready to take care of your vehicle!

Top Three Reasons To Drive Instead Of Fly

For a lot of people, the choice to take a plane or a car is merely an economical one. You crunch the numbers and see if the ticket is less expensive than the gas. But you can’t forget about the intangibles! And that’s what our top three reasons to drive instead of fly are all about.

2016 Buick Verano interior - reasons to drive instead of fly

Why You Should Drive Instead of Fly

# 3 – Claustrophobia

Arguably the most unpleasant aspect of flying is the lack of personal space. They pack you in like sardines, and you spend the whole flight bumping elbows with total strangers. In a car, there’s so much more room, and you get stop any time you want to stretch your legs.

# 2 – Fresh air

Notice how flying makes you exhausted? It’s not that there is less oxygen in the cabin, it’s that your blood absorbs less oxygen at such high altitudes. As a result, you come off the plane feeling—and many times looking—like a zombie. If you drive instead of fly, you get benefit of full oxygen absorption (assuming it’s not a mountain trip).

# 1 – Scenery

You know that no matter how stunning the view from the window seat is, before long you are going to fall asleep, followed by waking up with a crick in your neck. In the car, the scenery is right there. You can almost reach out and grab it. In fact, admiring the scenery on a road trip may be the best reason to drive instead of fly.

Tips for Saving Fuel in Summer

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After a long period of low gas prices we haven’t seen since the 1990s, gas prices are starting to rise again, just in time for the fuel-sapping heat of summer. Here are some helpful tips on saving fuel in summer to keep you out of gas-related debt on your road trip vacation.

Summer is hard on fuel use because it’s hot, and you want to use your air conditioning a lot or have the windows rolled down. Both of these things affect fuel economy—AC uses more energy, and rolling the windows down increases drag, which uses more gas.

To minimize how hard your AC has to work, it’s also a good idea to keep your car as cool as possible. Park in the shade or in a garage when you can, leave the windows down so air can cycle through, and roll them down for a few minutes before turning on the AC so the car has time to cool off.

Otherwise, follow the usual fuel-saving rules: don’t go too fast, coast to a stop, and lay off the brake.

How to Replace a Car Battery

how to replace a car battery

It’s not too hard to replace a car battery – much easier than you think! So if you don’t want to spend the money on a maintenance trip but your battery is shot, you should be able to do this at home by following these simple steps.

Always let your vehicle cool off before you start working under the hood or you might burn yourself. Once the vehicle is cool, find the battery and start by disconnecting the black (negative) battery cable from the battery using a wrench or, preferably, a tool designed for the job like a battery wrench. Be very careful not to let metal touch the battery posts.

Next disconnect the red (positive) cable. There will be a clamp holding the battery in place; remove it and place any loose parts in a secure spot where they won’t get lost. Now, pull the battery out, being careful not to wiggle it too much and hit the sides.

Put the new battery in its place and secure it again with the clamp. Clean it off, remove the caps on the posts, and then apply dielectric grease and put anti-corrosion washers on the posts. Reconnect the cables, starting with the positive.

How to Protect Your Car in Hot Weather

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As the weather heats up, the wear and tear on your car can get worse. Here are a few ways you can protect your car in hot weather:

  1. Use a windshield sun shade – These protect your interior from baking in the heat and keeps your car cooler when you get back inside after a hot day.
  2. Use protective sprays – There are products available that can provide another protective layer, like vinyl or leather protectants.
  3. Consider tinted windows – You’ll need to review your state’s regulations on the amount you can tint a window, but these can keep your upholstery from cracking.
  4. Park in the shade – This is obvious, but when you can, park in the shade. Look for streets where the shade created by buildings will pass over your car during the hottest part of the day.
  5. Check the car’s battery – When it gets hot, excessive fluid evaporation reduces the life of the battery. Make sure it’s functioning in top shape.
  6. Travel when it’s cooler – If you can, try to drive during the cooler parts of the day, like early morning or late evening. It will be easier on you, your passengers, and your car.